During the Malinke Empire, the role of African griots emerged. Beginning as performers in weddings and other formal events, they developed into known storytellers and keepers of history. Griots share their knowledge of history through music and speech. They are well known among townspeople and are highly respected.
The art of storytelling has long been responsible for the transition of knowledge from one generation to another. Whether oral traditions are viewed as reliable sources or not depends on the concept of history. Is history more about what is remembered or what actually happened?